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Old 12-31-2007, 12:05 PM
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ty its funny cuz at 1 time hpi was belived to be one of those cheap "knockoff" companies but over the years theyve made some awesome equipment....durable easily maintained and fast as heck! i remember my first car ... a tamiya monstterbeetle.........i loved that thing! but my mom and dad sopent a small fortune on it trying to keep it running ...after all it was little more than a frog with with bigger wheels and and some suspension and motor changes ...seemed like everytime i ran it i stripped out a gear or dogbne(it had this horrible lil hex design) that was prone to rounding off. it was made of regular plastig with no fiber reinforcement it would break break if ya called it a dirty name lol........and before that .....rc cars were made from cast aluminum and plate fiberglass intended to become circuit boards....
mosrt were electric and the chargers that came with the cars were nothing more than 2 conductor wires with a tamiya plug on one end and jumper cable style clips you hooked to your car battery uyou felt the temp of the battery and timed it 15 mins ...or if ya had a lot of money you could buy a timed charger with a lil eggtimer and a meter on it whooooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooo!
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well I got a chance to break in my car this weekend ran about 10 tanks though it and my friend broke a wheel oh well the trans was tuned perfect from factory and with a little tweak here and there I got the car running dam well. that sucker is fast I had it doing about 35 in a circle for a bit on damp ground so I'm going to get some new wheels and lean it out just a bit and try to get my idle just right. i have to agree though the guy at the hobbie store where i got my starter kit and gas from told me my car was junk and that really pissed me off I think I got more than my moneys work there although the wheels on the this aren't that nice to brittle of plasic for a nitro car if you ask me
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yeah ive noticed that phenomenon at a lot of hobby shops over the last few years ...either the clerks are pushy and trying to get you to shell out $500 for a new setup when all ya went in for is a new dogbone......... or they are completely disinterested in helping you and acting like its a terrible bother to wait on you cuz your interrupting there email checking or ipoding. thats a bad thing for this hobby a very bad thing for "the local hobby shop" for years people complained saying the LHS was dying due to mailorder, then the internet/ebay ...but the real culpret is lack of customer focus and enthusiasm. the few really good LHS's around due internet and mail order as well but they are so far away most people cant just pop in the car and get there ...its a crying shame
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hey guys, im not a smartech owner but i completely agree. my LHS is terrible they treat you like a number in a line, theres no customer/clerk interaction its like theyre robots and when you do ask for something theyre like hmmmff u shudda bought what we stock etc. im waiting to find a nice hobby store where the guys are nice and helpful and generally thankful just for giving them business, im sick of the people in the hobby store streating people like idiots cause you didnt buy their product. i got ripped off $55 to get my brakes and idle done. they promised a full hour dedicated to my car to fix it. when i went to pick it up they said i needed a new glow plug (even though i bought a brand new OS glowplug that day and put it in right before i took it to them and it wasnt used) and then they said $45 for the "hour" of labour which was $55 and also they said, oh and yeah the rear dogbone isnt picking up on the cup so you only have front wheel drive, and i said oh ok, why didnt you fix it i asked for it to be made good again. and he goes oh yeh well we can fix it if you want (for another $45) so i just said pffffffft no way, paid them their stupid money and got right outta there. and now i will never go back there and shop just cause the douchebags ripped me off for a job that took about 3 mins when they said an hour. also i then had to dissasemble the whole car including what they fixed, the idle and brakes and then fix what the problem was causing the front wheel drive. turns out all it was, was the little set screw came out cause i didnt thread lock it so i just screwed it in, thred locked it and it was done, and they wanted me to leave it in the store with them for another few days and they wud have definately charged me $45 just for that. i guess my point is hobby stores these days arent as helpful as you think, theyre not really specialists either my LHstores might have 1 guy who has a bit of idea about a nitro car, and they charge like theyre experts, its soooooooo annoying but yer i understand what u guys r sayin they needto b more friendly and understanding and have personality i mean DAMN!!! but from now all my parts r either new on ebay or my online hobby store all i buy from my lhs is fuel which is $15 which is a rip off and also is imported from the HS owner so he gets all the mark up on every bottle. but yeah i say boycot the loser LHS and force better hobby stores to come in with better customer service etc


well theres my 2 cents
Old 01-01-2008, 01:17 PM
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why not adjust your own brakes and tune your own engine? its a little difficult sometimes, but it is free.
Old 01-01-2008, 01:22 PM
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he hasnt learned how to yet, but he will. My lhs is honestly very good. its a super small family run place, which was there for atleast 40 years id say. They all know you by name, even though they get tons of customers, and they are willing to spend as much time as needed with you to fix your car, or to try to get parts you need. They are real hobbyists, who know the hobby just like us, and are not there becaue they want to make money, which is hard for a hobby shop in the first place. On the other hand, the other hobby store is a small room of nothing, and they take forever to order anything, i only ordered on single item from them, a vantage pipe, and it seriously took them a month to get it. they werent even able to get the other parts i wanted, and they still charged me 20 bucks for a pipe installation which i didnt ask them for, i was going to do it. i never went back anymore, because they dont even have anything that interests me.
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Hi, I have just had a nitro buggy off Novatech for christmas, which costed just under £100. After realising everything was covered in either "SMT" and "Smartech", I decided to do some research on this brand. Anyway, it turns out it is just a Smartech Winner Sport buggy sold through a british distributor, and I thought I should just write a few words on my experiences with it for any potential customers.

When I received it, the engine would not budge. It would not turn over at all by moving the flywheel, and the pullstart wouldn't move without a LOT of force, and when it did it was extremely stiff. Anyway, after putting some fuel in the carb for lubrication, then turning it over, it eased up enough for me to attempt to start it.

It took a lot of effort to start, taking me around 10 minutes and a lot of swearwords to eventually keep it running for more than a few seconds. I then broke it in using the heat cycling method (Heating it up as much as possible, then allowing it to completely cool repeatedly), which seemed to do it a lot of good. After breaking it in, the engine was responsive, quick, and had a lot of torque. It is definately pushing on 35mph when in its second gear, and with some tuning it should reach at least 40-45mph.

Despite some people complaining about parts being easily broken, I have had no such problems when it went through around 6 high-speed collisions and flips. Even if the worst did happen, the distributor had provided many spare parts (driveshaft, two axels and all four suspension arms), so I won't be needing to shop for parts any time soon.

Overall, I have found this buggy to be brilliant, especially for the price that was paid for it. If you are living in the UK and would like a cheap, yet good nitro buggy, follow this link: https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/...html?NOV-BUGGY I also think they do some on-road cars on there.

P.S. I am not an advertiser for Novatech lol, this is my second nitro car!
Old 01-01-2008, 05:00 PM
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sounds pretty good, the engine turns over hard because it has a lot of compression, which is a good thing, just a pain to start.
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ive often found with a brand new engine to remove the glow plug and place a few drops of after run oil in the glow plug hole and pull the starter thru about 10 or 15 times with the glow plug out .....eases the tension on the pull start cord... then when everything is moving freely then reinstall the glowplug and continue with break in
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yeh, this was a long time ago wen i got the brakes and throttle done now i know how to do it just i was breakin it in back then and didnt know how too, but its lucky a new hobby store just opened up in my area im goin to go and check it out hopefully they have beetter customer care.
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Well I've got to go back to that hobby store one last time to exchange so wheels luckily there are two other ones within an hour from my house so I'll check them out I also found some great sites that sells every part I could ever want for my SMT. So I should be good.
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hi please could you help me everytime i start my smartech winner sport it just gos off on its own and wen i try and turn the wheels when the engines not running it dont let me its like there stuck in gear and im new to this hobby so could someone help me email any answers to my email address its [email protected] thanx
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does redcat clutchbell fit on winner pro.15
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p1anty, Your clutch shoes are probably melted. take off the clutch bell, and check them out. do the wheels move if you pick up the car, and pull the starter?
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just finished putting a hpi clutchbell in my winner pro 19t..23t..my first time trying to modifymy smartech....looks all good ..guess i will find out tomorrow[&o]
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thanx if they have what part would i need to order
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get colt shoes and make or get some 1mm sshims thats what i did theare alot better shoes
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Hi everyone, I need some help with my engine on the car I review on the last page. I think it has some pretty serious problems, I'm not sure, and I would like some help if anyone is willing. This is my second nitro car, as I mentioned before, and I have never encountered a problem like this:

When I try and start it, it will pop the first time, but then take a good 50 pull to get it started. During these pulls, there is an immense amount of fuel being spat out of the exhaust, and it looks as if it has been part-burnt, as it is gloopy and almost a green colour. Further on during the pulling process, the fuel sometimes changes to smoke, so the fuel is burning, just the engine won't start. When it does eventually get stated, the engine will stall after 2-30 seconds (varies each time, but is not related to whether the glow heater is on or off), so the whole process had to be started again. It also frequently gets flooded, so I have to take off the glow plug and pull it until it is clear.

I try the following to get it started:

Making sure it is primed
Giving it a blip of throttle
Opening the trim so it is getting more air
Checking the glow system
Almost everything else that I have seen on all of these troubleshooting sites

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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try to lean out your fuel mix a bit it sounds like your running way to rich turn the screw at the top of the carb about 1/4 a turn in a clockwise direction and try to start it again.
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also replace the glow plug and verify youre glow plug igniter is function proprley pull out the glowplug and put it in the ignitor it show glow bright even if your in sunlight.. i had the same thing happen to me turns out the inner shaft of the ignitor was actually slightly loose and wasnt making good ground i tightened it with a pair of needle nose pliers cleared the cylinder then vroooooommmmmmmm... started fine
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hi thanx i have took of my clutch and it looked like it got stuck because the the clutch shoes wasnt alined so i have ordered a alloy 1 are they any good for it
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alloy ones arnt much good to u without a hardend steel clutch bell it will just turn it into a bell litrally
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thanx for letting me no where would i b able to order the part from
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modelsport have them on there website as u r in the uk
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thank ill have a look but i took the clutch bell off and cleaned it inside and put it back 2gether and took it round my back yard and it seems to be runnin ok for now but ill still order a new clutch shoe

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